Prolong the Ka Ora, Ka Ako, healthy lunches programme!

Prolong the Ka Ora, Ka Ako, healthy lunches programme!

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Aditi Patel started this petition to Ministry of Education and

Kia Ora Koutou,

The Ka Ora, Ka Ako programme is a two-year government-funded school lunch programme. In 2019, the government announced the initiative to explore delivering a free and healthy daily school lunch to year 1-8 students in schools with high levels of disadvantage. Regular nutritious food is a vital component of children's physical, mental and educational development and wellbeing. Around one in five children in NZ live in households that struggle to provide enough quality food. 

Reducing food insecurity for children improves wellbeing, supports child development and learning, improves the students' levels of concentration, behaviour and school achievements. It reduces financial hardship among families, addresses the barriers to children's participation in education, promotes attendance at school, along with boosting the students' overall health. 

It is a travesty for the programme to end so soon as it has done so much in helping children and families get by in NZ. 

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